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." one of the great political debates in washington and around the country has been whether barack obama is a highly partisan democrat bent on liberal agenda or a centrist searching for compromise. it's still early in his second term, but he's recently made moves that seem to answer the question. obama could easily choose a partisan strategy that would be politically effective. don't make deals with the republicans on immigration or entitlement reform and go into the 2014 congressional elections with those problems still alive. with no deal, democrats could campaign as the guardians of medicare and advocates of immigration reform, both electoral winners. that's why some democratic senators have begun to make demands well beyond what republicans can accept. but obama has chosen the second path. two weeks ago, as soon as a group of republican and democratic senators joined forces behind a unified approach to immigration reform, obama signaled his support for it. and this week in urging congress not to allow the so-called sequestration process to force spending cuts, the white house said th
obama delivered his sports date of the union address in about an hour last night. -- his first state of been in address. he got interrupted more than 70 times by applause. it was the 222nd state of the union by a u.s. president. he spoke about gun laws, new spending on education, increasing the minimum wage, creating new private-sector- public partnerships. there was a response from marco rubio and another from rand paul. we will get your reaction to all of this. 202-585-3882 for all others. reach us on twitter or facebook, or send us an e-mail. let's go through the headlines in the national papers this morning. pierce "usa toda -- here is "usa today" -- and then here is the "washington times" -- and the new york times -- the wall street journal -- the washington post -- we are getting your reaction this morning on the washington journal for the first hour. what did you think of the speech, the proposals, and the republican response as well? later on, a line of lawmakers for their reaction and to take your comments. our first phone call is joe in georgia, republican. caller: thank yo
and months ahead. >> the sequester is coming. can president obama get congress to act in time? good morning, i'm bill karins. this is "way too early," the show that feels better after running straight to wikipedia. sequestration, the legal procedure which automatic spending cuts are triggered. now i get it. thanks for being up with us on this wednesday, february 6th. we have a lot to cover including a dire warning from the congressional budget office on the long term fiscal health and one that couldn't have come at a worst time for the president. marco rubio weighed on the age-old debate, tupac or biggy? first, let's ge to the news in new york city. we begin with the white house position on the u.s. government's drone campaign. a justice department memo obtained by nbc news revealed new details in how the attacks are justified despite drawing criticism from civil liberties groups, top administrative officials insist it is consistent with the constitution. >> we conduct those strikes because they're necessary to mitigate on going actual threats to stop plots, prevent future attacks and, agai
be another bad thing for pistorius, it could affect his p paralympic medals. >>> the obama administration is reportedly set to unveil a new strategy to strike back against cyber espionage, new information as chinese government is behind thousands of cyber attacks. what are we expecting to hear from the white house today. >> reporter: mara, good morning. the white house is going to release a new report on steps to protect u.s. trade secrets. it could include new fines and trade actions in this report just yesterday. indicating that the chinese government and specifically the chinese military is sanctioning cyber hacking of 141 u.s. companies. mara? >> turning now to the budget battle, we're just days away from those looming across the board spending cuts. >> reporter: today, there's a new warning from the pentagon, they say more than 700,000 civilian workers would have to take one day off without pay a week. one day after president obama continued his plea to the public and to congress saying that this is going to be devastating for the economy, he wants congress to act and it comes one da
is considered the architect of the obama administration's drone campaign. "the washington post" reveals that the u.s. has been operating the secret drone base for the last two years. brennan played a key role in negotiating the base with the saudi kingdom. meanwhile, charlottesville, virginia, has become the first city in the country to pass a resolution restricting use of drones by law enforcement. >>> president obama's asking law makers to take quick action as a march for a deadline approaches that will trigger deep spending cuts signalling that more time is negotiated a broader deal. he urged lawmakers to delay the sequester. but coming up with a limited package of spending cuts and tax reforms. nearly $1 trillion of domestic and defense spending hanging in the balance, the president said the impact is already being felt. >> we've also seen the effects of political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. the drawn out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer confidence. the threat of massive automatic cuts have already strt r staart affect business decisions. so wh
obama's second term cabinet is shaping up to look far different than the first term and with so many high profile openings he has chance to push it into a new direction. first, he needs to get those folks confirmed. doug mckelway is in washington. >> reporter: the process of confirmation for secretary of state john kerry was smooth but it could be rough for other the nominees. president is standing by his nominee for defense secretary, chuck hagel after he sometimes halting, sometimes uninformed testimony at his confirmation hearing, testimony that confirmed republicans doubts. >> i am deeply concerned about what i saw last week. i think i'm leaning no on this nomination and i will tell you why. it was shocking to me when he was asked about our policy toward iran, that the fundamental threats to our country that he didn't know that our policy was not containment. that was shocking. >> reporter: also facing scrutiny, c.i.a. director john brennan who performed well in the confirmation hearings but some senators want to hold his nomination up until they get more information on the bengh
obama is telling congress they got $85 billion in automatic cuts coming at the end of this month, they should work on a temporary fix while they're working on a permanent budget. but republicans say the focus really needs to be on even deeper spending cuts. and we also have a new forecast from the nonpartisan congressional budget office. they're saying that unemployment may remain high through 2014 and drop after that. but that we're looking at the smallest budget deficit since president obama has been in office, well under $1 trillion at $845 billion. and they say federal revenue, going up 25% in part because of that fiscal cliff deal. >>> well, a major decision expected from the boy scouts of america. national board members set to vote on whether to leave the decades-long ban on gay leaders and scouts. in texas, it is a controversial issue drawing fire from both sides and putting one of the country's largest youth organizations under a microscope. president obama said over the weekend scouting should be open to everyone while texas governor rick perry expressed the opposite opi
the years has been found dead of an apparent suicide. >>> republicans lashed out at the obama administration in a leaked draft of the president's immigration reform proposal. >>> danica patrick makes history daytona. >>> a new hope for han solo. >>> and the nation's greatest president immortalized in chedd cheddar. chedd cheddar. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> very good morning to you. it's nice to see you. i'm veronica de la cruz cruz. the world of country music has lost a memorable voice. mindy mccreedy dolphin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. she sold more than three million of albums but was plagued by alcohol abuse and stints in rehab. >> reporter: mindy mccreedy started her rise in car domestic in 1996 with her debut album "10,000 angels" which would go on to earn multi-platinum status. in the years that followed she would release 12 albums, charting 12 songs on the country billboard singles chart. from the first rapid climb to fame it would be more her private life that kept her name in the headlines. she had multiple run-
that kind e-mail. "morning joe" begins right now. >>> our president, barack obama, took day or two off to go play golf in florida. i don't care, fine, go play golf, i don't care. played with a guy named tiger woods. this is our president playing golf this weekend. what do you think? >> i thought it was funny. >> good morning, everyone. it is tuesday, february 19th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst, mark halperin. >> hey, mark halperin, how you doing? >> national affairs editor for "new york" magazine and msnbc political analyst, john heilemann. in nashville, we have -- >> look at that! >> pulitzer prize winning historian and author, jon meach meacham. >> it's dark down there. >> it is dark. >> shall we get right to the news? >> let's do it. >> there's a piece on rattner. >> sorkin, andrew sorkin. like aenaen -- an insider newsletter. >> none of us are quoted. >> i'm so tired of being an outsider, raging against the news. >> can we do news? >> yes, we can. >> msnbc news "morning joe." >> i ghosted this, man. >> let's move in.
controversial drone program and the targeting of americans overseas. the obama administration now breaking years of secrecy and handing over a confidential 16-page memo that justifies the targeting killing of u.s. citizens abroad suspected of being terrorists. this decision to release the document came hours before brennan was to face a serious grilling by lawmakers outraged over the program. the biggest critic, democratic senator ron wyden who says the president has been stonewalling congress for years and suggested blocking brennan's nomination. president obama called wyden specifically last night. >> clearly, the president's call to senator wyden so unusual and trying to ward off what could be a calamitous hearing today. >> what standard will barack obama be held to after the pictures of the little children who were killed by his cone drone attacks are placed before the jury in the hague? >> i was encouraged last night when the president called and he said as part of this effort, he is going to try to drive a more extensive discussion about these issues. every american has the right to know w
obama is joining the chicago community having to say farewell to a 15-year-old shooting victim she's performed during the president's inauguration, killed days later by a stray bullet in a suspected gang dispute. a 15-year-old pakistani girl survived being shot in the head by the taliban released from the london hospital. usefy will continue rehabilitation in birmingham, england. it's a miracle. >> some new perspective on the current state of the economy right now. according to the bureau of economic analysis since the end of the recession in 2009 the u.s. economy has grown 7.5%. compare that to double digit growth in other post recession periods and it appears that president obama has presided over the weakest economic recovery since world war ii. this as a new fox news poll shows 52% of americans believe the worst is yet to come. that's up from 48% just a year ago. let's bring in our political panel, angela mcglowan and a former spokesperson for vermont gosh howard dean who is also a presidential candidate. ladies, thanks for joining us, look, there's a lot of pessimism right now
.ing intern chandra >> we could see some tense during today's confirmation hearings for headdent obama's pick to cia. >> [indiscernible] >> giving new meaning to getting . bad rap how the judge responded to this rapping inmate. "good morning washington at starts now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it's thursday, february 7. i am cynne simpson. >> i am scott thuman. great to have you along. we have the weather to talk .bout let's get to jacqui jeras. kind of cold so far. >> it is a chilly out. the skies remained clear through night but it allowed the temperatures to drop. are filling in already at hour. it will shed up to be a cloudy day. decent, but the clouds temperatures a little, highs in the low 40's. a coastal storms on the way. is bringing the clouds now. a wintry mix expected by tonight. jane doe all rain by tomorrow -- changing to all rain. north,vers, up to the nor'easter. more details on that storm. temperatures in the twenties at this hour. your seven-day forecast is minutes away. let's go to traffic with jamee. >> e
. >>> political push. president obama's state of the union address. his proposals outline how they'll impact you. and his big request to members of congress. >>> flight fright. a passenger's first flight turned into a frightening ordeal. what was supposed to be a happy occasion was anything but. >>> and top dog. a little pup with a giant personality. meet banana joe, this year's winner of the westminster dog show. >>> and good wednesday morning, everybody. we do begin with that breaking news out of southern california. investigators have located charred human remains within the debris of that burned out cabin, where it's believed christopher dorner was holed up. >> if dorner is positively identified, it would bring an end to the manhunt for the former lapd officer. abc's brandi hitt has more from l.a. >> reporter: the manhunt for accused cop-killer, christopher dorner, now centers on this burned out cabin east of los angeles. we learned overnight that a charred body has now been removed. >> we believe that someone was inside. we had reason to believe that that was christopher dorner. >> reporter
president obama wants to head the cia. john brennan was pressed hard on the use of drones and enhanced interrogation techniques by members of the senate intelligence committee. government memos leaked earlier this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. brennaned defended and strongly defended the use of drones but distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, after defending drone attacks on terror suspects and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's le
'll have an option this will be ready to put out there. >> reporter: president obama's chief of staff says the white house proposal would bolster border security and include a path to citizenship for this nation's 11 million undocumented immigrant. republicans say any plan with the president's name on it is bound to fail. >> of course it will. and that's why we are working together, republicans and democrats. by the way, he's had no communications with republicans on the issue, unlike the previous four presidents that i've dealt with. >> reporter: senator john mccain is one of the so-called gang of eight lawmakers working on the bipartisan bill. so is florida republican marco rubio who says the president's plan won't work. other members of the gop are not happy to see the white house weighing in. >> when they come out and adamantly say my way or the highway and if congress doesn't ask i'll put it on the desk and say "pass it now," that's no way to get it done. >> reporter: the white house is ready to press ahead with immigration reform if congress can't or won't act. brian mooar, nbc news,
jong-un. president obama went on to say move hurts stability in the region but promises to pursue firm action. the u.s. security council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. and china has shown opposition to the test. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on today from the police dragnet in los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing michael crane in riverside last thursday. dorner is also suspected in two other revenge shooting deaths. meanwhile, large wanted billboards featuring dorner's picture are now up in southern california. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men have been charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton 18-year-old michael ward and and 20-year-old kenneth williams face charges of murder and attempted murder with battery. they say they opened fire on hadiya last month. officials say it was a tragic case of mistaken identity. >> michael ward has confessed and indicated that hadiya was not the intended target. in fact, the
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? is there a plan to build a second temporary oval office where president obama will work during construction temporarily? the white house -- the reporter says -- we say at least for now we're going to need a new sound effect. >> huh? >> huh? i think we still need a new sound effect. that one kind of sucked. we'll get a new one and keep you posted. >>> good thursday morning. right now on "first look," the northeast braces for a historic blizzard complete with powerful wind gusts. we have your weather channel forecast just ahead. >>> president obama orders the justice department to release classified documents over his choice to use drone attacks against americans. >>> plus, a bad nanny caught in the act of hitting an infant. >>> a dog with a human face. >>> and, believe it or not, a stud dwla tells women the day and time and week when they're the least attractive. >>> good morning. whether you live in the northeast or you're traveling anywhere near there this weekend, you need to know there's a whopper of a snowstorm headed this way. the national weather service is forecasting as much as two
mobile app. >>> in his public comments on gun violence, president obama has always gone out of his way to mention his hometown. >> as a country, we have been through this too many times, whether it's an elementary school in newtown or a shopping mall in oregon or a temple in wisconsin or a movie theater in aurora or a street corner in chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. >> the entire country grappling with what happened at sandy hook, the president has rhetorically erased the line between mass shootings like that and run of the mill shootings that ravage cities every day. gun violence is gun violence. hideya pendleton was a high school student. she played volleyball. she performed with her school's marching band at president obama's marching band last month. that was january 21st. on january 29th, she and friends sought cover because of rain. it was only a mile from barack and michelle's home in chicago. a person with a gun approached the group and started shooting. hideya pendleton was not the shooter's target, however. >>> feeling s
. obama's speech. house speaker john boehner calling it, quote, little more than more of the same. abc's tahman bradley joins us from washington with latest details. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. what president obama said about guns is probably going to be most remembered from this speech. but the president pushed several bold proposals, aimed at strengthening the economy. in the first state of the union speech of his second term, president obama went big. announcing new domestic initiatives he said would assist america's middle class. the president proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, by $9 an hour by 2015. >> let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty. >> reporter: the president also called for universal preschool education for the nation's 4-year-olds. as well as a $50 billion infrastructure program, designed to repair crumbling bridges around the country. but the emotional high point of the speech came close to the end, when more than 40 victims of gun
the american people. >> reporter: the drone program puts president obama in an awkward position as a senator and presidential candidate, he criticized the bush administration anti-terrorism policy of enhanced interrogation or torture of suspects. >> this administration acts like violating civil libertyies is the way to enhance our security. it is not. there are no shortcuts to protecting america. >> reporter: now the obama administration is also under fire for what critics believe is acting outside the law. >> we have a president who is doing something that even president bush didn't do which is to order the killing of a united states citizen without clear evidence of an immediate attack. >> reporter: a lot of pressure from democrats as well as republicans to release these documents and today's release seems time to avoid embarrassment for brennan's nomination nomination. his hearing begins shortly before noon. in written responses to senate questions he says the administration is constantly refining the standards from the drone strikes. norah, charlie? >> bill plante
with former d.c. public schools chancellor michelle re, what she would lake to see president obama do to reform the country's schools, "meet the press" nbc.com. that's all if it's sunday it's "meet the press." >>> very good president's day morning to you. right now on "first look," shocking news from the country music world. 37-year-old singer mindy mccready who's been plagued by personal troubles through the years has been found dead of an apparent suicide. >>> republicans lashed out at the obama administration in a leaked draft of the president's immigration reform proposal. >>> danica patrick makes history in daytona. >>> a new hope for han solo. >>> and the nation's greatest presidents immortalized in cheddar? very good morning to you. nice to see you this morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. the world of country music has lost a memorable voice. mindy mccready dolphin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. she sold more than three million albums overshadowed by alcohol abuse and stints in rehab. >> reporter: mindy mccready started her rise to stardom in 1996 with her debut alb
on capitol hill. the confirmation hearing for president obama's new cia directer starts today. >> one issue that is threatened to derail his confirmation was avoided. president obama agreed to congressional demands and will release a secret memo on the killing of americans overseas. it provides legal basis for a drone strike. he played a part. >> it was used very minimumly by president bush and now there's been 3,000 killed in this program. >> three weeks later his 16- year-old son was also killed. >>> on the hill, the defense secretary is testifying on the benghazi attack. he's will offer more details on the raid and it could be the last time he testifies as secretary of defense. >>> democrats will unveil their own plan at cushing gun v iolence. it's said to be similar as to what's in president obama's plan for a ban on assault weapons. president obama will discuss those issues and budget concerns with lawmakers in virginia. >>> the gun control debate took center stage as hundreds packed the state capitol. the president is backing a law for gun ownership. some suggest that the governor's
. >> and thank you very much. >> and we want to take you out to chicago where lady leed michelle obama areiched for a funeral for a young lady that lost her life through senseless violence. her funeral captured national attention with at a time when debate over guns continues to make head lines. >> she was kill would in a gang dispute. it happened just days after she performed in one of president obama's inauguration events. her family said they do i want want her death to be about politics but on her she was a popular student who loched to dance. >> an explosion in a chemically balanced plant in la porte, texas and one person airlift tod a nearby hospital. it is it not clear if they remain inside of the plant at this time. arson investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion. we'll bring you more news on the fire as we get it >> well, it is it 35 years after the deadly blizzard back in 1978 when many people still remember when boston found itself buried in a brutal blizzard and now bean town gets hit hard again. molly has more. >> uma it is it still windy in new england . so it is n
world and the real-estate world. people are still walking away from loans. mr. obama who you had on a moment ago, he gave cover for the gaping holes in the banking system. every 40 or 50 years, real- estate does this. it creates problems and is a drag. i hope that somehow we are able to get through this. thankfully, the best technological invention ever made is the mute button. you use it when the president comes on tv. it is so nice. host: a couple of stories from "arizona republic." talking about remaining allusive, according to the headline, "the president's allies in the peace process gained traction." host: this follows up in today's "the washington post," in the world section. "without some kind of initiative under way, the administration fears that the united states will be accused of abandoning the region." host: patricia, st. paul, the soda. -- minnesota. you are on. caller: on for what? host: your retirement plans and if they have been delayed by the financial crisis. caller: financial plans, depending on yourself, have a lot to do with whether you can retire or not. so
in any number of ways. obama administration now predicting some difficult circumstances, transportation secretary ray lahood saying air traffic controllers could be cut causing flight delays and the secretary of education saying the nation's school children will suffer because of strained finances in the state. listen.... >> means a lot more children will not get the kinds of services they need as many as 40,000 teachers could lose their jobs. >> reporter: meantime, plenty of political finger pointing. >> the reason there is no agreement is because there is no leadership from the president on actually recognizing what the problem is. >> why is it that we can't come to the table and agree what cuts need to happen? that is what we should be doing. we shouldn't be passing the blame to the executive branch or saying this is obama's sequester >> reporter: both sides are pessimistic about changes to the agreement. >> heather: with five days left, you can understand why. what are the nation's governors saying? >> they had a meeting over the wined and some went on the sunday talk shows to talk
chancellor michelle re, what she would lake to see president obama do to reform the country's schools, meethepressnbc.com. that's all for today. we will be back next week and happy birthday to our executive producer, falls on a sunday, betsy fisher. if it's sunday it's "meet the press." >>> good sunday. i'm craig melvin. the latest week in washington is from 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >> the president torpedoing his plan. >> the only way to get something done is with with a bipartisan agreement. >> i believe we are making progress on a bipartisan basis. i believe we can come up with a product. >> i hope that -- >> just a few months after the post election high anointing immigration reform as the next big issue, what is going to get done? we will talk about that plus two veterans of capitol hill may be about to change their tune on the president's pick to head up the pentagon. we will talk to bob carey about what all of that means. >> mr. president, we will stand and fight throughout this country as americans for our freedom. >> the gun rights groups say they are working to protect the
of making any compromise. >> have the attacks on iran receded? gregg's after the election of president obama -- >> after the election of president obama, it is clear that the u.s. is in the driver's seat, not israel. many people said 2013 would be a decisive year in iran policy. either we will get a deal or there will be a war. president obama would like to avoid a military conflagration. i'm not sure they will bear fruit, but it will not be a year of war. >> today, and exports -- expert panel for held about ireland should be legally responsible for workhouses the subject of teenage girls two years of imprisonment, and abuse. the houses operated with our punishment for years. the survivors are seeking a comprehensive akashi from the irish state pier -- comprehensive apology from the ivers stake. >> these buildings were known as laundries and workhouses. but to those locked inside, they were prisons. for seven decades, they weren't places where so-called "-- they were places where so-called "fallen within" and "troubled girls" were held. but there were simply held against this derica will and
obama's council of economic advisers. and mr. kief hennessey who teaches at the stanford university graduate school of business at stanford law school, and served as director of the national economic council under president george w. bush. keith hennessey served as both director of the national economic council and as assistant to president bush for economic policy. as director of the national economic council during the 2000 a financial crisis, mr. hennessy was at the center of one of the most volatile times in american history. he was a senior white house economic adviser when he coordinated the design of the president's policies on taxes, health care, pensions, energy, and financial markets and institutions, among others. mr. hennessy has spent more that 15 years in economic policy roles for senior elected officials. before his time in the white house who worked on capitol hill for more than seven years as economics advisers to former senate majority leader trent lott. since leaving the white house mr. hennessy has been a television commentator, one of the top 25 economic blogs b
remains. richard, back to you. >> thank you so much. now to reaction that's rolling into president obama's state of the union address last night. democrats calling it a lecture for both suicide a broad brush while republicans complain about lack of details to fix the economy. tracie potts has details from washington for us. good morning. >> reporter: the day after president obama heads to north carolina we just got detail of that trip. he's going to a plant that just hired 160 workers, one of the hall marks of his speech here on capitol hill last night. creating new jobs for the middle class is the president's focus. >> we can't ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction. >> reporter: he's pushing for a permanent budget. >> the greatest nation on earth can't continue by going from one crisis to the next. >> reporter: allowing homeowners to refinance. >> democrats and republicans have supported it before so what are we waiting for? >> reporter: immigration reform. >> now is the time to get it done. >> reporter: a vote on gun control with vi
personal. president obama talks publicly about something he rarely mentions. >>> getting personal on capitol hill, the fight over chuck hagel. we'll explain. >>> what happened? theories on the meteorite that exploded over russia, and another incident you may not have heard about. >>> a new twist today in the cruise ship nightmare. welcome to "weekends with alex wit." what's happening out there. new word from president obama, taking on the gop on the right. and the president arrived in florida last night for the weekend, but not before his weekend address. time to finish the job by cutting the deficit $4 billion. >> you can make bigger cuts to education and job training and social security benefits. senior citizens and working families to bear the burden of deficit reduction, while the wealthiest are asked to do nothing more. >> that won't work, we can't cut our way to prosperity. >> republicans aren't holding back, criticizing the president over the upcoming threat of sequestration, if nothing is done to avoid it, massive funding cuts to the federal government will be triggered ma
and let i believe us nature of society. >> and i say obama care does nothing to attack the core problem which is pring, whh is why obama care was able to pass. >> and the republicans won't like it because i say the only efficient player in this marketplace is medicare. >> rose: it's the only efficient player yet a lot of people look at medicare and say it is the cost element of entitlements that will bankrupt the country. >> well, what's going to bankrupt the country is the continuation of what we have today. medicare, the situation i describe where you know someone pays-- well if you look at the-- the md anderson cancer centre is charging 1.5 for generic aspirin tylenol pill am you can buy them on amazon for 1.5 cents. >> rose: exactly. you can buy it on amazon for 1.5 cents and your hospital marks it up you say here 10,000 percent. >> but not to medicare because medicare is ordered by congress only to pay hospitals for their cost, their actual costs including their overhead and everything else. so medicare takes the position in this particular ca thatf you are paying 1791 a day for yo
overseas killed in strikes. president obama has directed the justice department to hand over classified information complete with the legal rationale for drone strikes against americans linked to al qaeda. that's all according to one official. last year they got a memo saying the government can kill u.s. citizens abroad if they're trying to harm other americans. >>> marylanders sound off. the brown gun legislation started off debates today. our ken molestina is live in rockville where a town hall meeting on the issue just wrapped up. what did you find out? >> reporter: well, it was a packed house here at the town hall meeting. of course the lieutenant governor anthony brown on hand to talk about his proposal. and i'll tell you something, just based on my observation, it seems like more people came out to speak against this proposal than in favor of it. >> and by and large, while i appreciate the effort, i do not support the assault weapons ban. >> we applaud the courage for proposing common sense gun laws. >> reporter: both sides of the gun debate showed up to speak directly to one of t
:30 this afternoon. we'll bring you the latest. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> president obama will deliver the first stage of the union address of his second term. he is expected to push immigration reform and will focus on middle class jobs. there could be big losses for small business and government layoffs. >> this will put 600,000 people out of work. >> we have to stop it. >> let's include revenue. >> will have more in a live report in about 20 minutes. >> the big dig out continues in new england after last weekend's big snowstorm. the weekend blizzard dumped 40 inches of snow in parts of connecticut. half the town's streets were still not passable sunday night. some local utility crews are up helping with cleanup. when maryland needed help last year, b.g.e. officials say it is all about giving back that help when it is needed. >> other states have not hit as hard as maryland. what other states are hit hard, we can send some of our crews. >> officials have not decided if more crews will go to new england to help. >> looking for answers about what caused a weekend house fire in towson. it happene
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